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English Grammar for the Utterly Confused(2003)

 
지은이 : Laurie Rozakis
출판사 : McGraw-Hill
판수 : first edition
페이지수 : 236
ISBN : 0071399224
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도서가격 : 16,000원
적립금 : 480 Point
     

 
English Grammar is explained in an easy-to-use format that gets the student comfortable with communication quickly and easily. The message of English Grammar for the Utterly Confused is simple: You don't have to be confused anymore. With the wealth of expert advice form the author, who has taught thousands of confused students, English grammar is demystified once and for all, as you acquire the ability to speak and write competently, correctly, and confidently. Don't wait another minute-get on the road to higher grades and improved performance, and go from utterly confused to totally prepared in no time!

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D. ,a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York College of Technology at Farmingdale and has taught grammar and usage for more than 25 years.


Contents
Part 1 Welcome to grammarland
Chapter 1 Parts of Speech
Chapter 2 Using Pronouns Crrectly
Chapter 3 Using Verbs Correctly
Part 2 Usage and Abusage
Chapter 4 Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly
Chapter 5 Agreement: Matching Sentence Parts
Chapter 6 The 25 Most Common Usage Problems
Part 3 Sentence Sense
Chapter 7 Phrases and Clauses
Chapter 8 Writing Correct and Complete Sentences
Chapter 9 Sentence Coordination and Subordination
Part 4 A Writer's Tools
Chapter 10 Punctuation
Chapter 11 Capitalization and Abbreviations
Part 5 struttin' Your Stuff with Style
Chapter 12 Developing Your Own Writing Style
Chapter 13 Diction and Conciseness
Chapter 14 Words and Expressions to Avoid
Index
"As a student majoring in English, I've always been disappointed upon finding a typo or error in a book. I generally read fiction and in most cases, I'll find one or two mistakes. Any more than that and I strongly question if I should continue reading the book. I'm not the grammar or spelling police, but I feel like if I notice the mistake, then the author/editor/publisher should have noticed it too.

Therefore I am "Utterly" appalled at this book. There is no excuse for textbooks having mistakes in them. Not only are students forced to pay an arm and a leg for most of them, but they are depending on these books to teach them the correct things. It is unforgivable for an English Grammar book to have so many mistakes in it!

Some mistakes are small. Chapter 1, page 12, Verbs: "There are four basic types of verbs: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs."

Can you find the mistake? There are only "three" types of verbs listed. Not "four".

Some mistakes are big! Chapter 2, page 27, True or False Questions:
"4. In the possessive case, the pronoun is used as an object."
"6. A predicate nominative is a noun or pronoun that follows a linking verb and identifies or renames the subject."
"8. Gerunds always end in -ed, and they always function as verbs."
"9. A pronoun used in apposition with a noun is in the same case as the noun."

The answer key lists these as: 4-True, 6-False, 8-True, 9-False. Each of these is actually the opposite, and this can be verified by simply rereading the chapter!

I've only read up to the end of chapter two. There are clearly five mistakes in these two chapters alone. Who knows how many more there are? And though in the past I've been irritated when new editions of the same textbook are published every year at high prices, this may be the one case where I would have welcomed a newer (and more proofread!) edition."

"I'm an ELS student. This book is really clear, short and easy to understand but I think there are quite a few errors on it esp on execise. "

"I concur with Mr. K. Galligan's review above, I too spotted some of the same mistakes, moreover, on page 12 the author introduces the subject of Linking Verbs by using the term "predicate", although this is an introduction chapter and she has not yet defined what a predicate is, so for those who are unenlightened, or just learning grammar, they need to go to the index where they will find that the definition is on page 52, in chapter 4. I thought the approach illogical. One does not teach the basics by beginning with terms that have not yet been defined.

The author begins the selection on verb tenses by explaining that there are six tenses in English, although another grammar book I consulted explains that there are in actuality twelve tenses altogether. The section on the distinction between "who" and "whom" was not particularly well explained either. For a grammar book that was supposed to help those who are utterly confused I found this book confusing. "

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